1. Several Western Cape schools participated in national and international music competitions and festivals during the June/July school holidays.

2. National Competition

Nineteen schools from the Western Cape participated in the South African Schools’ Choral Eisteddfod (formerly known as the Tirisano Schools’ Choral Eisteddfod) held in Randburg. The eisteddfod is the biggest musical event organised by the Department of Education.

The event also formed part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings of June 1976 and other national events of historical significance.

The Western Cape schools excelled in the majority of the sections of the competition, winning in five categories and obtaining six second positions and five third positions.

2.1 Intermediate Phase Choirs
De Vrije Zee Primary School:  First position: Own Choice
Isikhokelo Primary School:    Third position: Afrikaans
Soyisile Primary School:      First position: African songs
Siyazingisa Primary School:   Second position: Mixed Double Quartet
2.2 Senior Phase Choirs
Lwandle Primary School:      Second Position: English
Sakumlandela Primary School: Second Position: African songs
Hlengisa Primary School:     Third Position: Girls’ Choir
2.3 Further Education Training Schools/Colleges
Fezeka Secondary School:       First Position: Boys’ Choir
Luhlaza Secondary Schools:     First Position: Girls’ Choir
                               Second Position: Small Ensembles
                               Third Position: Mezzo Soprano Solo
Simon Estes Secondary School:  First Position: Baritone Solo
Sithembele Matiso:             Second Position: African songs
                               Second Position: HIV/Aids music
Joe Slovo Secondary School:    Third Position: Afrikaans
Manzomthombo Secondary School: Third Position: English

3. International Competitions

Two Western Cape schools participated in international music competitions:

3.1 Stellenberg High School Girls’ Choir participated in the international Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod in Wales and were the winners in two categories:
Youth Choirs
Female Choirs

In the final round, in which the five top choirs competed, the school choir was the overall winner of the competition, winning the prestigious Pavarotti Trophy and Choir of the World title.

3.2 Tygerberg High School Choir participated in the 35th International Youth Music Competition in Vienna and won second prize in their category.

4. The Western Cape Education Department congratulates the educators and learners on these achievements and thanks them for their contribution to the high level of choral music in our schools.

5. Please bring the contents of this minute to the attention of all concerned.

DATE: 2006:07:25